False eyelashes can sometimes be pricey, so you may want to be able to use them more than once. If you want to reuse your lashes, you have a variety of options. You can clean the lashes with a q-tip or cotton swab. You can also use tweezers and a plastic container filled with makeup remover to slowly clean the lashes. When you're done, store the false lashes safely in a cool, dry place.
Gather your supplies.
Before you begin cleaning your false eyelashes, gather the supplies to do so. In order to use this method, you'll need the following:
- Makeup remover, specifically designed to remove eye makeup
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swab/Q-tip
Wash your hands.
To start, wash your hands in clean tap water and antibacterial soap. You do not want to handle false eyelashes with dirty hands, as this can cause an eye infection.
- Get your hands wet with clear, running warm water. Lather your hands in antibacterial soap for about 20 seconds. Make sure to target areas like between the fingers, the backs of your hands, and underneath the fingernails.
- Rinse your hands in clear water and then dry with a clean towel.
Remove your fake lashes.
Apply makeup remover over the eyelash to remove the glove. Press down on your lid with one finger and gently lift up the eyelash with the other. Use the pads of your fingers or tweezers over your fingernails.
- Firmly grasp the eyelashes with your thumb and forefinger.
- Peel the band inwards slowly. The lashes should come off fairly easily.
- Do not use oil-based makeup removers when wearing false eyelashes.
Soak a cotton ball in makeup remover and swab it along the fake lashes. Take a cotton ball. Soak it in some makeup remover. Move the swab along the fake lashes in gentle motions. Run the swab from the tip of the lashes to the end of the lashes, making sure to get the adhesive strip as well. Keep going until all the makeup and glue is off.
Repeat on the opposite side of the lashes. Turn the lashes over. Get a fresh cotton swab and soak it in makeup remover. Then, repeat the process of moving the swab along the other side of the eyelashes. Once again, move from the top of the lash to the tip. Make sure to swipe the swab along the adhesive band. Make sure all makeup is removed.
Use tweezers to remove any glue.
There will usually be some glue stuck on the lash band. You can use tweezers to remove this.
- Inspect the lash for any glue that's left on. If you find glue, take your tweezers. With one hand, pull off the glue with the tweezers. With the other hand, hold the eyelashes with the pads of your fingers.
- Make sure to only pull with the tweezers. Pulling at the lashes could damage the fake eyelashes.
Dip a fresh cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the lash strip. You want to make sure you get any remaining glue or makeup off of the lash strip. Dip your cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and wipe it along the lash strip. In addition to removing glue, this disinfects the strip so you can safely use the eyelashes again later.